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I'm Jennifer, and I'm an Occasional Genealogist... sort of. For over ten years I've been a professional genealogist. I started researching my own family nearly 30 years ago. Like many of you, I started as an Occasional Genealogist. I had to squeeze research in while in school and while working full-time. Then I got my first genealogy job and for awhile, it was genealogy all the time. Now I have two kids. I do other people's genealogy constantly but my own? Coming up with ways to do great genealogy, despite all the interruptions, is now mandatory.

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Building Your Personal Research Library with Genealogical.com

Recently Genealogical.com asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing some of their publications (i.e. books). I was really excited to do this because I've been relying on my personal library really heavily while libraries, archives, and other repositories have been closed. Although I do a lot of my core research online, there are often key portions of survey research I need books for.

As a professional genealogist, I also often rely on books to provide a citation for explanatory information in a report. You may not have that particular need but perhaps that information isn't in your head. If it's not, you may need to work on your genealogical education and right now, books are back on the front lines of education.

Although there are lots of webinars to choose from, it's still a good time to combine virtual person-to-person learning (like webinars) with blogs and books to increase your genealogical knowledge so you'll be a really great genealogist once it's time to get back out there in physical repositories.

In other words, I was thrilled to review some books for Genealogical.com (my personal library contains a LOT of their titles). This is a great time to consider expanding your personal library.

By the way, this also happened to coincide with our family moving, twice. This is the second time I've had a move of this sort (from one house, into a temporary location, and then into another house). The time before made me swear off a personal library of physical books. They are so heavy to move!

However, Genealogical.com has since introduced an entire section dedicated to eBooks so they've got you covered if you also want to avoid physical books but want or need to expand your personal library. 

There are some books I really like having a physical copy of because I will reference them multiple times in a research or writing session and it's just easier than having to manage so many items on my monitors. However, that's not the case with most books so consider your personal situation when it comes to choosing physical books or eBooks.

Below you'll find the list of reviews I've written. In many cases, Genealogical.com has provided a complimentary copy for me to review but the opinions are my own. In some cases I may review a book from my personal library (and actually, a number of the books they provided for me to review I already owned, that's why I'm thrilled to review their publications, I've been relying on them for years). 

Because I use so many Genealogical.com publications, I'm also an affiliate with them so links to books are likely affiliate links. See my disclosures page to learn more.